Born on August 26, 1943 in Durant, Oklahoma; his education beginning in Kenefic, Oklahoma, and concluding in Caddo, Oklahoma public schools would lead one to believe that Grand Master Miller might yet have a touch of “Okie” in his system even after migrating to Texas.
Following completion of his high school education, Wendell made several efforts to find his niche from which he might plan his lifetime career. It was in 1963 while working with geophysical service group in New Mexico that he heard of a possible job opportunity with the Chicago Bridge and Iron firm located at Port Isabel in a place called Texas. It was while in the process of making new friends at his new job that someone suggested that Wendell might consider looking into the possibility of building a career in law enforcement which had its beginning in November, 1964 with his employment by the Dallas Police Department where he remained until 1967. It was while with the Dallas Police Department that Wendell decided to enlist in the United States Army Reserve where he served for twenty nine years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before his retirement in 1993.
While in the midst of planning his career Wendell decided it was time to give serious thought about who might share the future with him. His thoughts continued to take him back to his school years in Oklahoma where a very attractive girl by the name of Billie Wells was one of his classmates. Wendell had never dated her, but the more he thought about it, the more he wondered why he had waited so long. We have no record indicating whether it was Wendell’s persuasive nature or Billie’s willingness to give it a try, but their lives and ambitions were united by their marriage on August 5, 1967 and they are still committed to each other – sharing life together and supportive of each other in both joint and individual ventures.
It would naturally follow that although he and Billie had recently married to start their lives together, he was experiencing the challenges of his position with the Dallas Police Department being fulfillment of his expectations for a lifetime career in the field of law enforcement. That question was answered by his acceptance by the Texas Department of Public Safety where he began serving in various capacities, first as a Trooper from 1967 until 1986 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, serving as such until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 1991, elevated to the rank of Captain in 1993 and promoted to the rank of Major in 1996 where he served with distinction until his retirement in 2003. Throughout those years in which he has served the State of Texas he and Billie have, at one time or another lived in Dallas, Houston. Midland, Austin and Forney where they retired, later settling in McKinney where they now reside.
Preparation for his chosen career included his attendance at Southeastern State University in Durant, Oklahoma and the School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, Evanston, Illinois. Throughout his thirty nine years of service to the citizens of Texas in his chosen field of law enforcement, Wendell has often received special recognition for his exemplary service in connection with his duties. Such recognition has included the C.H. Cheshire Award, given in recognition of his significant contribution to safety in commercial transportation; Director of Safety Professionals Certification (an award shared by less than one hundred people in the State of Texas);Certified Fire Arms Instructor; promoted and emphasized the Trooper Challenge Program, a program that has been a model for other states participating in the Challenge competition, and Law Enforcement Instructor.
Continuing a longstanding family tradition Wendell was initiated, passed and raised in James Ladd Burgess Lodge No. 1305 in Dallas in 1970 to continue that tradition of masons within the family. When he and Billie relocated to Forney, he affiliated with Brooklyn Lodge No. 386 of that city where he served as Worshipful Master during the 1999-2000 Masonic Year. His plural endowed lodge memberships include Claud L. Austin Lodge No. 1450 in Dallas where he served as Worshipful Master in 2005-2006 Masonic Year, Charter Member and Past Master of reconstituted Scyene Lodge No. 295 in Quinlan in 20042005 Masonic Year, Duck Creek Lodge No. 1419 in Garland and Artesia Lodge No. 406 in Terrell. True to his Oklahoma heritage, Wendell is also a plural member of Caddo Lodge No, 3 in Caddo, Oklahoma.
His many activities, accomplishments and contributions to Masonry within the lodges in which he became active, it would seem logical that such be noted by the leadership of Grand Lodge. Such was the case in mid2000 when incoming Grand Master David B. Dibrell tapped Wendell to serve under his appointment as District Deputy Grand Master in Masonic District 13 during the 20002001 Grand Lodge Year. Also, beginning in 2000 through 2006 he served as Coordinator of the Together against Drug Abuse program; on the Grand Master’s Planning Committee 20002002; a term as a member of the Grievance and Appeals Committee beginning in 2003;Area Conference Coordinator for several years and as District Instructor in District 13 for several years.
It was at the Grand Lodge session held in December, 2013 that the Masons of Texas recognized the commitment of Wendell Miller to the interests of the Grand Lodge and elected him to the office of Grand Junior Warden at that time. Since then he has scaled the ladder of leadership of Texas Masonry to assume the purple of the fraternity, being installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master on December 5, 2015.
Typical of most Masons who complete the first three degrees, Wendell went in search of additional Masonic Light to round out his Masonic experience. He entered the York Rite of Freemasonry by receiving the degrees of Royal Arch Chapter in Dallas Chapter No. 47, Royal Arch Masons, Dallas Council of Royal and Select Masters in Dallas Council No. 18, Royal and Select Masters and the Commandery Orders being received in Dallas Commandery No. 6. He received the 4th through the 32nd Scottish Rite Degrees in the Dallas Valley in 1970, and was installed as Commander of the Council of Kadosh in 2005 was Elevated to the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1999 and in 2005 was elevated by the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry to the rank of 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary. He served as Chairman of the Valley of Dallas under appointment of the Grand Inspector General of Texas from October, 2007 until January, 2010.
His membership in other Masonic related organizations requiring Masonic membership includes: Hella Shrine Temple, Saint Mark’s Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. Texas College Societas Rosicruciana, Royal Order of Scotland, National Sojourners (President 2006)(Presidential Citation – 2007), Heroes of 76 ( Commander 2007), Allied Masonic Degrees, Rose of Sharon Knight Masons, St. Thomas of Acon and Order of the EasternStar Forney Terrell Chapter No 557, Past Patron.
Committed – Prepared – Qualified
Most Worshipful Wendell Paul Miller
Grand Master of Masons in Texas
Leonard P. Harvey
Past Grand Master1989